How To Heat Marble Tile Floors
If you’ve recently built or bought a home with marble tile floors, you might be wondering what steps to take to ensure your feet are always warm and toasty even in the cold winter months. Marble, while a great choice for floors and counter-tops, can get really cold and uncomfortable. The good news is that there are steps you can take to ensure that your love for all things marble doesn’t interfere with your comfort. Floor warming is probably your best choice when it comes to ensuring your floor remains at comfortable temperatures throughout.
Toe kick heater and in-floor heating are the two main options that you have when it comes to heating your beautiful marble floors. In terms of pricing, the two options cost roughly the same. The total amount you spend will be contingent mainly on the total square foot area of the space you want to heat. In order to properly install radiant heating, it is important to measure the area of the floor and plot this on a graph paper while carefully noting which fixtures are in the room you want heated. This is necessary so that you know how many mats or toe kick heaters you will require in total.
Toe Kick Heaters
The best thing about toe kick heaters is that they require less work because they are not installed underneath the marble tiles. If you have a small bathroom that has a vanity, toe kick heaters are a good choice since you simply have to install the unit at the base of the vanity sink cabinet. The downside of toe kick heaters is that there is usually a lot of electrical work required to get them installed. Usually the heaters are 120-volt, so tapping into an existing circuit might be sufficient. However, it is best to involve a licensed electrician to do the electrical work.
This type of heating is best done before you install your marble tile floor. As such, it is a good option for a homeowner who is looking to remodel their bathroom or who is building a new bathroom. For existing bathrooms, installing this heating might be a lot of work and expensive as well. For the installation, you simply have to gently secure the heating mats in place underneath the tiles. You can use glue, staples or double-sided tape for this. The heating mats are interconnected to form a complete circuit in order to ensure that the heat is evenly distributed to the floor.
Heated floors are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners because of several reasons. For starters, no one likes to live in a cold house. Secondly, no one wants to spend a fortune heating their home when they could do it for less. Heated flooring solves this problem by ensuring that your home stays warm and toasty and your heating bills are much lower than they would be if you relied solely on HVAC. Lastly, heated flooring has been shown to increase the home value, ensuring you fetch a good price should you decide to re-sell your home.